Sunday 15 February
3.00 - 3.45pm
Mathew Shaw, curator of the US Collections at the British Library, leads a talk on the French Republican Calendar in response to Ruth Ewan's exhibition.
London-based artist Ruth Ewan brings to life the French Republican Calendar in a new work made for Camden Arts Centre’s Gallery 3. In use from 1793 until 1805, the calendar temporarily redefined and rationalised the Gregorian Calendar, stripping it of all religious references in post-revolutionary France. Months and weeks were restructured and seasons and days renamed in collaboration with artists, poets and horticulturalists to reflect the seasonality of nature and agriculture. For Ewan, the Republican Calendar is an inspiring and innovative example of collaboration between artists and the state. Ewan also presents two other projects in sites around Camden Arts Centre, including her ongoing work A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (started in 2003) in the Café. The CD jukebox invites visitors to choose tracks from its growing catalogue of over 2,200 politically and socially motivated songs.
The space is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have additional access requirements.
Please book a free space. Places are limited.